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August 26 2014

Lyon, France to Welcome its First Vertical Urban Farm: Ferme Urbaine Lyonnaise

August 26th, 2014Posted by 

Last Thursday, engineers, researchers, and other Lyon architects presented the project FUL (Ferme Urbaine Lyonnaise), which could produce more than 600,000 salads per year, starting in the summer of 2016. While on the North American continent urban horticulture exploits already exist, this Lyon project could constitute a first for France. This first urban farm would […]

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August 26 2014

Free Parking in Brussels, Belgium for Users of Carsharing Services

August 26th, 2014Posted by 

Beginning in September 2014, the vehicles of the two car sharing companies in Brussels (Cambio and Zen Car) will be equipped in such a way that their drivers will be exempted from paying for metered parking wherever they park, except for the red zones of the city’s parking plan. This is good news for the […]

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August 25 2014

Architecture Not Built for Function in Galway, Ireland

August 25th, 2014Posted by 

The design of buildings has always been contentious, whether the disagreement stems from aesthetic complaints, or disregard for the functionality of the building. For example, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, which can be argued as one of the design and engineering wonders of the world, was once labeled “a mast of iron gymnasium apparatus, incomplete, confused and deformed” by the […]

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August 22 2014

In Plessis-Gassot Garbage Provides First-ever Source of Methane Energy in France

August 22nd, 2014Posted by 

The commune of Plessis-Gassot [in the Île de France region] has just opened a power plant that will furnish the amount of energy equivalent to the consumption of 41,200 households, thanks to methane produced by the fermentation of non-recyclable waste. This is a first for France and a shining example of an original initiative. Power generated from […]

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August 21 2014

Solar Decathlon Europe 2014: Versailles, France Explores Dwellings of the Future

August 21st, 2014Posted by 

Following two years of work – from the conception to the construction of the 1-to-1 scale buildings – and 17 days of exhibition and competition in the gardens of Versailles Palace, on July 12, 2014, the 800 participants of the Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 competition saw the prizes of the competition awarded. Press Release: Organized […]

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August 19 2014

Self-Service Scooters are the Next Form of Communal Transportation in Paris?

August 19th, 2014Posted by 

The parisian family of environmentally-friendly vehicles could very well be enlarged! After the famous Vélib’, self-service bikes, and Autolib’, public electric car sharing service, Scootlib’is set to be the next to enlarge the ranks of alternatives for getting around the capital. Zoom with Scootlib’, Paris’ self-service scooters! Self-Service Scooters The City of Paris has expressed […]

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August 19 2014

The Bicycle: More Popular than Ever in Quebec, Canada!

August 19th, 2014Posted by 

The bicycle is one of the most popular pastimes in Quebec, Canada. Moreover, with 750 bikes per 1,000 inhabitants, Quebec’s biking environment looks like that of northern European countries. A great admirer of biking and creator of the informational website ADN du Velo, Jean-Pierre Huot remarks on the growing interest of the people of Quebec […]

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August 13 2014

Can The City Of Baltimore, Maryland Use Tech Hacks To Solve Community Issues?

August 13th, 2014Posted by 

In the last two years, the City of Baltimore has made progress improving access to City services through the use of technology, specifically with web and mobile applications. At the epicenter of this progress has been the launch of Open Baltimore and the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance, two sources where data can be searched and mined for […]

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August 08 2014

In Nantes, France, Exceptional Architecture for the Maison du Batîment

August 8th, 2014Posted by 

In a tenuous economic context, one must be daring! But the gamble waged by the Fédération du Batîment des Pays de la Loire and de Loire-Atlantique has paid off. On Friday July 4th, after eighteen months of work, some 360 professionals attended the inauguration of their “Maison du Batîment,” an exemplary building by Tetarc. Designed by the Nantes […]

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August 07 2014

The Official Launch of the 5th Awards for Young Urbanists, Paris

August 7th, 2014Posted by 

The Ministry of Housing and Territorial Equality has launched the registration period for the 5th Awards for Young Urbanists in order to valorize the young generation and its ability to respond to the complexity of current urban problems. Registration is open to all young professionals, regardless of nationality. In such a way, the ministry wants […]

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August 07 2014

Residents of São Paulo, Paulistanos, Lose One Month Per Year Sitting in Traffic

August 7th, 2014Posted by 

If you won two weeks vacation every month, what would you do? Time is freedom. To enjoy family, to travel, go to the park, the beach, the movies, all of the activities that enrich our lives. The good news is that our city São Paulo has great weather, but we are stuck in traffic. The Urban Mobility Research […]

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August 05 2014

Saint-Catherine, Montreal Struggles with Downtown Transportation Access

August 5th, 2014Posted by 

François Cardinal invited Clément Demers, an architect, urban planner, and professor in the University of Montreal’s School of Architecture, to write an article for his blog. The article related to a piece that Cardinal had written about Montréal’s Rue St. Catherine earlier in the week, now published on the same site, La Presse. The development of downtown and the surrounding […]

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August 05 2014

Farewell to The Grid from Olivia Dolan in Cork City, Ireland

August 5th, 2014Posted by 

I’ve been in Cork since 2012. In that time, I’ve had the opportunity to both study and work here and it has opened a lot of opportunities for me. My main interests lie in up-cycling and small start-up businesses and how they are developing in Cork City. In Cork there are a number of small businesses […]

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August 01 2014

Nairobi, Kenya’s 1973 Master Plan Receives an Update

August 1st, 2014Posted by 

Urban planners from the County Government of Nairobi and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) have produced a new Master plan called Nairobi Integrated Urban Development Master Plan (NIUPLAN). This is expected to guide the growth and development of the City for the next 15 years. It is the first major plan since the Nairobi Metropolitan Growth Strategy […]

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July 31 2014

Re: Think Project Partners with Municipality for Communal Composting in Greece

July 31st, 2014Posted by 

“Take composting into your own hands! Collectively handle the organic waste!” Based on this reasoning, an interesting and pioneering initiative has taken place over the last three years in Kalamata, Greece. It is the first, at least as far as we know, attempt to create a self managed neighborhood network of composting in Greece. It all began in […]

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July 31 2014

Northeastern Brazilian State of Ceará Attracts New Tourism

July 31st, 2014Posted by 

The Ceará Aquarium will be ready in December 2015, said Tourism Secretary Bismarck Maia. The final schedule of the work was presented by ICM Reynolds, the American company responsible for the construction. The equipment was also on the agenda of the meeting with the U.S. ambassador in Brazil, Liliana Ayalde, in which the two parties […]

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July 30 2014

Impact of Tourism in the Italian Art Cities: Venice, Florence, & Rome

July 30th, 2014Posted by 

Il Bel Paese, the Beautiful Country, is distinctly used to describe Italy. It is indeed a gifted country, with a notable natural environment, a mild climate and a prominent cultural heritage. Therefore, its status among the most visited countries not only in Europe, but worldwide, is not a surprise. Tourists arrive to admire the artwork of Michelangelo and Da […]

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July 29 2014

Children of Skopelos Island, Greece Learn About “Energy for Life”

July 29th, 2014Posted by 

Shortly before nightfall, many students, parents, teachers and other citizens of Skopelos Island gathered at the courtyard of the Island’s primary school. They gathered to attend the last event of the “Energy Travels for Life” Program. Throughout the academic year, the young citizens of Skopelos had the rare opportunity to learn about preservation through the lens of sustainability.  “Representatives […]

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July 28 2014

The Economic Downturn & Increased Popularity of Up-cycling in Cork City, Ireland

July 28th, 2014Posted by 

Between 1993 and 2007, the Irish Economy (once known as the Celtic Tiger) was very strong and prosperous. Today, however, we are experiencing a great recession following an economic crisis in 2008, when Ireland’s property bubble bursted and private banks and the government finance sectors collapsed. According to the European Economic and Social Committee Workers […]

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July 28 2014

Milan’s Zaha Hadid “City Life” Project Lacks Cultural Authenticity & Inclusiveness

July 28th, 2014Posted by 

Even if architects and urban planners occasionally get wrapped up in their own ideas, the city is and has to be built for its citizens. In other words, the city belongs to the people and it’s design should reflect the comfort and desires of those who live in it. And where planners can’t find a […]

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